By Henry McRandall
Editor & Publisher
Noted American linguist and social commentator Noah Chomsky was bang on in his assessment of the role of the corporate mass media in a capitalist economy.
Chomsky defined that role as primarily one of manufacturing public consent for the political, social and economic status quo.
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Monthly Archives: January 2009
By Henry McRandall
It is quite self-evident to myself and many other Ontarians that the Dalton McGuinty government is sapping and undermining Ontario’s motorists.
The McGuinty government is best described as a collection of Luddites, soul-crafting the motorists of Ontario into accepting Luddism – whereby Ontario motorists are stripped of their constitutional rights with respect to the presumption of innocence.
I just wanted to say : “Good job.” Wow, I mean, how efficient a machine you are, my hat tips to you in that you have claimed yet another victim. This time you got my Mother.
Your whole mandate is to keep the masses coming back for more until they meet their demise or become broke and, once again, it worked magically.
A whole industry designed around repeat business to keep us coming back for more and more and more rather than solving the underlying problem – ie, your knee hurts, yet rather than do the arthroscopic surgery to fix your arthritis, we’ll just give you morphine to dull the pain. Your latest victim was my Mother. Her autopsy report came in this week and the verdict was that her death was due to an accidental drug overdose. She was found with multiple morphine patches stuck all over her body.
In her later years, my Mom was a little forgetful and it appears that maybe her knee hurt, so she put on a patch; then her back hurt, so she put on another patch; then her shoulder hurt, so she put on yet another patch; then her whatever hurt and yet again she put on another patch. She had forgotten that they were all on. And on New Year’s day she died of an accidental drug overdose, alone in her senior’s apartment.
But my point is that now it has all gotten personal. I have had a hate on for you, Big Pharma, for quite some time. I rarely, if ever, take any kind of medication at all (and am lucky enough to not need your junk as I seem to run like a top!)
I believe the masses as a whole are certainly over-medicated and, with the present state of the economy, what better time to question your doctors as to whether you need this shit in you in the first place.
Seek to address the cause of whatever ails you. Sometimes, a simple lifestyle change or dietary change will enable you to drop your medication needs and lose your dependency on Big Pharma.
The days of foraging through the woods and finding an indigenous plant that heals pain are clearly past and now the whole purpose of medicine is sketchy at best. It makes my call to non-medicated arms so important for the moment. We certainly cannot do away with medicines overall, but let’s try to minimize the need for this often unnecessary and often over-prescribed shit.
By Henry McRandall
After a generation of this sorry experiment, it’s time to put an end to so-called “free trade” on corporate capitalist terms.
Both the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are fatally flawed because they grant full mobility to capital and almost no mobility to labour.
Perhaps what is most troubling about the worsening global economic crisis is that the socioeconomic elite and their political lackeys just don’t get it!
Federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff declared to the media this morning that he would have to “swallow hard” and support the sorry Tory budget of Prime Moron Stephen Harper.
I guess Ignatieff found his own jumbo-sized tax cut to be more than a mouthful.
By Rob Bodrogkozi
I have recently enjoyed a concert in Detroit, having as the main act Metallica, the leading thrash-metal band on the continent, if not in the world. Members of Metallica include: James Hetfield (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar), Kirk Hammett (lead guitar), Lars Ulrich (drummer) and Robert Trujilo (bassist).
Being 13 (and a big fan of metal music, especially Metallica), I have not had the enjoyment of attending a concert. This was my first, and my Dad’s (Mike) second Metallica concert.
We booked a bus to take us over to Detroit for the show, which would drop us off at Cobo Hall, directly beside Joe Louis Arena. We drove to Windsor (from Muirkirk, Ont.) and boarded the bus. It took us to Detroit (via Detroit Tunnel) and we found ourselves waiting for about 30 minutes. Our bus was now up for border checking, and everybody cleared out.
Going inside the building, the officer was telling people to scrunch in, as she didn’t want anybody trying to get over, unchecked. Our checking was abruptly held up, as somebody decided to pee on the Customs Building.
Officers swiftly took him away and were now more cautious. We eventually got through, having only three people pulled (all for attitude, I must say). We now found ourselves at Cobo Hall, having to walk almost a kilometre-and-a-half through the basement of the building.
Finally, we arrived. With the blood-rushing sound of music, Joe Louis Arena almost was waiting for Metallica’s fans. In passing, we saw what seemed to be Metallica’s crew buses themselves, which were beautiful, with stained wood walls and stainless steel appliances.
It never really occurred to me (you might know if you have been there for yourself), but an expansive staircase, about 40-70 stairs, led our climb up to the actual building. Showing our tickets, we were granted access.
Inside, the building is very unusual. I can only describe it by saying this: A circular main entrance and floor, accompanied by red curtains covering the entrances/exits to the stage itself, and the stage in the middle of a “hole” (maybe that’s why the building was so high up?).
We did not make it in time to hear The Sword and Lamb of God, which I hear are well-known heavy metal bands. With just enough time to grab pizza and American currency, we rushed to our seats. We sat decently close, close enough to see the band’s facial expressions. The band’s roadies set the equipment up, almost robotically.
Metallica then entered in a cloud of dark smoke. With the crowd roaring as it was, James just had to say: “How are you doing, Detroit?” The “Metallicans” went totally insane, some even throwing articles of clothing up in the air.
The songs they played were (in order):
1. That Was Just Your Life
2. The End of the Line
3. Creeping Death
4. For Whom The Bell Tolls
5. One6. Broken, Beat and Scarred
8. Sad but True
9. Sanitarium (Welcome Home)
10. All Nightmare Long
11. The Day that Never Comes
12. Master of Puppets
13. Damage Inc.
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
Seek and Destroy
The band played outstandingly, as they often played on the very outside of the stage, enticing the crowds. The end of the concert was probably the best part, though.
While spinning as fast as he could, Robert held his bass in one hand. At the same time, giant beach balls fell from the ceiling (40-60, no joke), and the Metallicans were throwing them into the air, until they realized: “Hey, why don’t I just keep one?” But many remained onstage, that is, until the bandmates kicked them off.
So concludes my most favourite moment in my life so far. With friends still jealous, I can look forward to attending my next Metallica concert.
The CEO of an American blue-chip corporation was recently paid $210 million (U.S.) to just go away. But instead of just going away, he then became the CEO of a U.S. automaker that is now begging for bailouts from both the Canadian and American governments.
Next Tuesday the minority federal government of Conservative Prime Moron Stephen Harper will unveil its plan for tackling the worsening economic crisis. Unfortunately, it will do the wrong thing.
By Henry McRandall
After 30 years of so-called “trickle-down economics” and so-called “free trade”, the Canadian, U.S. and global economies have had to be rushed into the intensive care unit.